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Social Work Assistant 2, Grade 14 (PEF)

The New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Office of the Professions’ (OP) is seeking candidates to fill the position of Social Work Assistant 2 position in the Professional Assistance Program (PAP).  OP assists the Board of Regents and NYSED in professional licensure and oversight across more than 50 professions governed under Title 8 of Education Law.  Under the supervision of a Licensed Master Social Worker 2, the incumbent will perform duties that will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Collect, synthesize, validate, and document participant’s addictions recovery and/or treatment data in a thorough, professional manner from a variety of sources including the participant, treatment providers, past records, and psychosocial/chemical evaluations;
  • Identify changes in the participant’s recovery status and document outcomes that are measurable, realistic, and therapeutically sound;
  • Provide case management input to the Committee for Professional Assistance on each individual participant in collaboration with significant others;
  • Give instructions for panel meetings, communicate and ensure that priority case management needs are included, apply appropriate effective interventions, and make recommendations;
  • Employ and document counseling interventions which include, but are not limited to, communication, interviewing techniques, problem solving skills, and necessary immediate interventions and assists participants to modify unhealthy behaviors;
  • Negotiate health-related services and more specialized care as needed with the appropriate agencies and providers, and maintain relationships with providers to ensure continuity of care;
  • Perform case management duties, performance improvement activities, and initiatives of the Department in accordance with the OP’s regulations and policies and the Department’s mission; and
  • Attend PAP hearings for licensees across the State on an average of 2 to 3 times per month.
Minimum Qualifications: 

Eligible List Appointment: Candidates must be reachable on the Civil Service eligible list for this title. If you are on the Civil Service eligible list for this title, you may receive a canvass letter.  You must complete and return it as instructed on the letter.

Section 70.1 Transfer: Candidates must have one year of permanent competitive or 55 b/c service in a title SG-12 or above deemed eligible for transfer under Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law.  For information regarding the transfer options of your current title, please visit the Civil Service Career Mobility Office Website.

Section 70.4 Transfer: Candidates may be eligible for nomination for transfer under Section 70.4 of the Civil Service Law to Social Work Assistant 2 if they are a current NYS employee with one year of permanent competitive or 55 b/c service in a title 12 or higher AND have standing on the Social Work Assistant 2 eligible list AND possess either a bachelor’s degree or higher in social work; OR a bachelor’s degree or higher in a human service area** AND one year of post-bachelor’s social work experience.***

Conditions of Employment: 

This will be a permanent appointment.  Promotions and transfers may change appointees’ negotiating unit.  Applicants should be aware that changes in negotiating units may affect their salary, insurance, and other benefits.  Verification of degree and/or transcripts will be required for all candidates at the time of interview. Travel within the State on an average of 2 to 3 times per month, including some overnights.

*Leads to a maximum salary of $58,028 based on annual performance advances.

**Degrees in the following human service areas are considered qualifying: the professional disciplines of art therapy, audiology, dance therapy, drama therapy, music therapy, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, social work, speech/language pathology, and therapeutic recreation. Also included are related academic disciplines associated with the study of: human behavior (e.g., gerontology, human services, sociology, speech communication); human skills development (e.g., counseling, education, human development); or any other study of services related to basic human care needs (e.g., community mental health, rehabilitation counseling).

Examples of non-qualifying degrees include but are not limited to: anthropology, archeology, communication, criminal justice, fine arts, philosophy, and political science.

***Qualifying social work experience involves activities such as assessing individual and family needs, strengths and limitations; assisting in the development of treatment plans; providing counseling to promote mental, emotional, physical and social functioning; helping individuals and families access supportive services; coordinating and evaluating services, programs and support systems; and providing support, advocacy and referral as appropriate. Examples of non-qualifying experience include providing direct hands-on care to patients/consumers by assisting with bathing, dressing, mobility, eating, and other activities of daily living; transporting/accompanying patients/consumers to appointments or activities; planning, organizing and participating in recreational activities for patients/consumers, such as sports, games, creative arts, and/or clubs; and performing safety and/or security related functions for a facility.


Qualified candidates should send a resume and letter of interest by January 29, 2020 to (email submissions are preferred).  Please include the Box number (OP-1258/66481) in the subject line of your email to ensure receipt of your application.

Grade Level: 
Grade 14
Negotiating Unit: 
Box #: 
Deadline Date: 
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Email Address: 
Office of the Professions

Office Information

Office of Human Resources Management
NYS Education Department
89 Washington Avenue, Room 528 EB
Albany, NY 12234
Fax (518) 486-5631

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